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Pentagon’s mysterious U.F.O. program unveiled by NYT

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In response to questions from The New York Times, Pentagon officials this month acknowledged the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which began as part of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Officials insisted that the effort had ended after five years, in 2012.

Europe's far-right populist leaders calling for united Europe without EU

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European far-right populists on Saturday met in Prague vowing joint efforts to create a new model of intercontinental cooperation led by the idea of a"Europe of sovereign nations," according to CBS News.

Associated Press: Poland’s senators defy EU warnings, approve judicial legal guidelines

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WARSAW – Poland’s senators approved legislation Friday that gives the government greater control of a top court and a key judicial body despite warnings from European Union leaders that the move could put the country at risk of losing its EU voting rights. Read more here The post Associated Press...

Reuters: U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort

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A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings, acco...

Lukashenko: Belarusian intelligence helped prevent terror attacks in Belarus, Russia, Europe

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MINSK – Belarusian security agencies have helped foil terror attacks in Belarus, Russia and several European countries, President Alexander Lukashenko said at an event marking the 100th anniversary of national security agencies on Dec.15. “It should be noted that many present day chal...

CNN: Trump initiated Putin call in the wake of economic praise

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President Donald Trump said on Dec.15 that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Dec.14 to thank him for comments he made about the President’s efforts to grow the American economy. Read more here. The post CNN: Trump initiated Putin call in the wake of economic praise appeared ...

New York Times: House Intelligence Panel is rushing to complete Russia probe

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WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee is racing to complete its investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, scheduling a host of witness interviews here and in New York for next week as Congress heads for its break, and, Democrats said, leaving other leads un...

RFE/RL: Trump says Russia ‘not helping’ on North Korea

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WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump says he is not satisfied with Russia’s cooperation in efforts to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: Trump says Russia ‘not helping’ on North Korea appeared first on KyivPost.

Bloomberg: Tillerson demands Russia, China cut off North Korean regime

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went to the United Nations to call out Russia and China for giving North Korea an economic lifeline, saying their refusal to sever ties raises questions about their commitment to resolving what he called America’s “greatest national security threat.” Read more her...

BBC: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set wedding date

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, Kensington Palace has announced. Read more here. The post BBC: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set wedding date appeared first on KyivPost.

The Hill: Trump won’t rule out Flynn pardon

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President Trump on Dec. 15 refused to rule out a pardon for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the special counsel probe into Russia’s election interference. Read more here. The post The Hill: Trump won’t rule out Flynn pardon appeared first on KyivPost.

FT: EU leaders spar over migration policy

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EU leaders sparred on migration policy into the early hours of Friday as contentious new plans laid bare deep divisions over how to deal with the next crisis, according to the Financial Times (FT).

British military chief warns Russia could cut off internet to NATO countries – media

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Russia could pose a major threat to the UK and other NATO nations by cutting underwater cables essential for international commerce and the internet, the chief of the British defense staff, Sir Stuart Peach, has warned, according to the Guardian.

Trump thanks Putin for praise, looks for help on N. Korea - media

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U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday, talking about how they can work together to resolve the situation involving North Korea’s nuclear program, the White House said, according to Politico.

Reuters: EU agrees to extend economic sanctions on Russia until mid-2018

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European Union leaders agreed on December 14 to prolong for another six months the bloc’s economic sanctions on Russia, imposed over the annexation of Ukraine’s peninsula of Crimea and Moscow’s support for separatists in east Ukraine. The sanctions, which target Russia’s energy, defense and finan...

Reuters: US jets fire flares to warn Russian jets in Syria

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Two U.S. F-22 fighter aircraft fired warning flares on December 13 after two Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area in airspace east of the Euphrates river in Syria, the U.S. military said. Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, said the F-22 aircraft were providing air cover to ...

The Independent: U.S. jets intercept Russian planes over Syria and fire warning flares

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American F-22 fighter jets have fired warning flares in Syrian airspace after Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area, according to a U.S. official, according to The Independent.

Reuters: Four children killed after train, school bus collide in France

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Four children were killed and seven seriously injured after a train smashed into a school bus, splitting it in two, outside the town of Perpignan in southwestern France on December 14, the interior ministry said. Television images showed a long line of ambulance and emergency service vehicles nea...

Associated Press: Space capsule with three astronauts returns to Earth

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Three astronauts returned to Earth on December 14 after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station, landing on the snow-covered steppes outside of a remote town in Kazakhstan. A Russian Soyuz capsule with NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Russia’s Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli of the Euro...

Poland's Foreign Ministry: Russia hides witnesses of Smolensk plane crash, doesn't return wreckage

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Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki says that Russia is hiding key witnesses of the Smolensk plane disaster when the then Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others were killed in 2010, and does not return Poland the wreckage of that Tu-154M, according to Poland's PAP new...